Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ed and Deanna Templeton, Contemporary Suburbium, Nazraeli Press: Paso Robles, CA, 2017 [edition 2000]

An interesting collaboration between this professional skateborder and his wife, in an accordion that is ultimately a meditation on their lives in Hungtington Beach, California. Each partner contributed images to one side of the book and I particularly appreciate the play and placement of the photographs across the almost 12ft of this accordion.

Publicity for this book includes two quotes from the artists:

"We were born into this situation, and made the best of what we were dealt, thriving on the sidewalks and front yards and hidden from the influence of the city until the city poured over the castle walls out into the surrounding suburbium that grew barnacles along the edges." (Ed Templeton)

"We found ourselves in a tract of homes that felt familiar and safe. We wandered among the quiet dark tract housing, devoid of people, finally lying down together on a rectangle of grass wedged between the sidewalk and the street. We stared up at the stars talking until the sun came up." (Deanna Templeton)

26 pages, double-sided, individual pages 7.25" (h) x 5.5" (w), and fully open at 11ft 11" and a nice die cut plastic slipcase! 

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